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Underground Film Links: August 22, 2010

Going to start off with something a bit differently this week. Typically, I don’t share negative posts, but I found this article to be a horrendously resourced slam against the Atlanta Festival League, which puts on the Atlanta Horror Film Festival and the Atlanta Underground Film Festival. The majority of the piece is given over to a group of folks who end up sounding like a bunch of cranks with chips on their shoulders about something.

In my own experience, I find that most people who are so vociferously angry at an individual or an organization while also exhibiting an “I’ve never done anything wrong in my life” attitude are the most unreliable. Yet, this author finds that attitude to be unerringly persuasive. I guess that’s what happens when a story is tipped off initially by angry Tweets, which are slowly becoming a reliable source of information in modern journalism. It’s sad.

Now, on to the good stuff:

  1. The Baltimore City Paper ran a nice profile of experimental filmmaker Peter Rose, who will be in town for a new project using the process of “transfalumination.”
  2. Making Light of It has the lineup for this year’s Views From the Avant-Garde at the New York Film Festival. Lots of great stuff! Plus, stills from Jean Epstein’s Cœur fidèle.
  3. Facets Features has been running a good series of video interviews with legendary filmmakers. They’re most recent one is a Japanese interview with George Romero. (George speaks in English, though.)
  4. Canadian filmmaker Mike Rollo has informed me that he has a new website, so either update your RSS reader or add his feed. He’s a fantastic filmmaker, so follow him.
  5. Another great theater report from donna k.’s ongoing cross-country trip with Brent Green. This time she gushes over the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque.
  6. The amazing underground writer and historian Jack Sargeant has been keeping busy, getting published first in in the new book From the Arthouse to the Grindhouse and again in Monochrom #26-34.
  7. At Moving Image Source, Rebecca Cleman surveys the Contraband Cinema program running at the BAMcinématek, which asks the question: “What is a political film?”
  8. The Strange Kids Club interviews animator Rémy M. Larochelle whose work has screened at the Lausanne Underground Film Festival. P.S., I just love that website name.
  9. Some great photos from St. Petersburg during the continuing shoot for The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga by Jennifer Oreck.
  10. Maybe it’s just me, but I think Bob Moricz needs to make this film. I think it’s a brilliant idea. Plus, Bob writes a touching piece about one of his greatest supporters.
  11. DINCA has some images up — well, really the same image — from Bunue’l’s L’Age d’Or (1930). Plus, a stunning piece of art by Harry Smith.
  12. Bill Plympton posts up a short review of Inception and wonders what all the fuss is about. P.S., Bill: Don’t talk in the theater.
  13. Rhizome is looking for an Editorial Fellow for the fall. If you have “a high level of familiarity with contemporary art and particularly new media and its history” and want to work for a totally awesome organization like Rhizome, get your application in by Sept. 7.
  14. Not underground: If you’re curious as to what PhD film studies candidates are writing for their theses, Film Studies for Free has links to tons of PDFs of them. What makes this link “not underground” is that, as far as I can tell from scanning the titles, nobody’s written about the underground in-depth.
  15. Not film: Patrick Smith continues to post up work by artists he admires. These drawings by John Kenn are amazing.

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